West LTR Update

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 @ 10:12AM

Thanksgiving weekend West Long Term Recovery gave thanks for the many volunteers who spent countless hours rebuilding homes in West. On Saturday, we celebrated the final stages of construction of a new home in West with a traditional house blessing led by Pastor Preece from Zion Lutheran Church in Dallas. Volunteers from St. Mary’s School in Temple and Zion Lutheran Church, Dallas traveled to West to join the celebration. Though we are in the final phases in most of our construction projects, we recognize that other effects of the explosion will take much longer to repair. How can we help those in our community struggling with the emotional effects of the explosion? We can be there, and we can listen. We can also work to better understand signs and symptoms of disorders like PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, and suicide. It’s difficult to talk about emotional pain and the need for help. Warning signs can be subtle, but by identifying these signs, reaching out to those still struggling, and learning how to initiate a conversation about where to turn for help, we can make a difference. Over the course of the next few months West Long Term Recovery will provide a finale of community outreach. The next community sharing event will be “Suicide Prevention” presented by Dr. Lauri Rogers and Baylor University on Saturday, December 13th at the West Community Center from 11 to Noon. Brunch will be provided. Together let’s learn how to identify warns signs and how to reach out to those we love.

Good News:

  • STARRY Counseling Services is still offering free counseling for children up to age 17 and their families.  Call them at 254-399-6552 for more information.
  • Private crisis counseling in West remains available.  Counselors are available in the trailer behind the Long Term Recovery building by calling 254-644-5456.  The Baylor University Psychology Clinic in Waco is still available offering free psychotherapy sessions to anyone affected by the West explosion.  Contact them at 254-710-2470.
  • Moment by Moment Growth & Learning – In addition to traditional counseling, Equine Counseling continues to be offered. It is not necessary to be a client of the West LTRC to receive these services. Contact Pam at 254-640-2932 or pam@growth-n-learning.org.

The 2014 Kiwanis Club of West is accepting applications for its Toy Drive. Applications can be found at West Elementary, City Hall and at www.westltr.org. All applications must be received at City Hall by 5pm Friday, December 12th.

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